Engaging Women in Conservation

This past March, the theme for Women’s History Month was “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business.” To close out the month-long celebration, we wanted to talk to women who literally blaze trails: the women of Conservation Corps. Based on the model of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the Great Depression, modern Conservation Corps are locally-based organizations that engage diverse young adults in service and job [...]

Engaging Women in Conservation 2017-09-20T15:49:44+00:00

Confronting Racial Bias at Work

More than 50 years after the passage of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, racial discrimination in workplaces is commonplace, and threatens to worsen given the racist rhetoric espoused during the president-elect's campaign and the corresponding behavior it sanctions. The anti-government regulation approach to the economy typical of the current congressional leadership and their disdain for so-called "political correctness" are also likely [...]

Confronting Racial Bias at Work 2017-09-15T10:46:56+00:00

Workforce Webinar: Building Evidence: The America’s Promise Job-Driven Grant Program Evaluation

Webinar Thursday, September 28, 2017 2:00 PM ~ 3:00 PM ET data-toggle="tooltip" data-placement="right" title="Server TimeZone: Thu, Sep 28, 2017 02:00 PM ~ Thu, Sep 28, 2017 03:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)" Please join the U.S. Department of Labor’s Chief Evaluation Office to learn about how and why we are building evidence through the America’s Promise evaluation.  We will walk through each component of our planned [...]

Workforce Webinar: Building Evidence: The America’s Promise Job-Driven Grant Program Evaluation 2017-09-11T12:34:53+00:00

We’ve fixed the jobs gap, but people still aren’t working

The U.S. economy and labor market experienced their most severe shock in generations from 2008-10, with over eight million jobs disappearing in a span of just over two years. Once the economic expansion took hold and employment began growing, the eight million jobs had been recovered by May of 2014. Yet, because of population growth, more jobs were needed for a true recovery. The unemployment [...]

We’ve fixed the jobs gap, but people still aren’t working 2017-09-05T14:44:19+00:00

Who is out of the labor force?

Our nation’s labor force participation rate, or the fraction of adults who are either employed or are searching for work, has fallen steadily since 1999. This is a trend that many economists find troubling, as the labor force participation rate is an indicator of household living standards and economic vitality. In 2016, over one-third (37.2 percent) of adults in the United States—including nearly one-fifth (18.7 [...]

Who is out of the labor force? 2017-08-25T13:56:08+00:00

A Hidden History How African American’s Built the Nation’s Greatest Natural Treasures

In 1933, at the peak of the Great Depression, the overall unemployment rate in the United States was well over 20 percent. African Americans were hit hardest, experiencing an unemployment rate two to three times that of white Americans. In these desperate times, President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC): a federal work relief program that, from 1933 until 1942, put 3 million unemployed young [...]

A Hidden History How African American’s Built the Nation’s Greatest Natural Treasures 2017-08-22T11:28:51+00:00

Does Labor Market Information Actually Make a Difference?

The Workforce Information Advisory Council (WIAC), a group that Congress established via the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA) to make recommendations about the workforce and labor market information (LMI) systems at the state and federal levels and advise the Secretary of Labor on these issues. This group just released a new report, Challenges and Opportunities in Workforce and Labor Market Information, which examines [...]

Does Labor Market Information Actually Make a Difference? 2017-08-10T12:22:23+00:00

How to Design Education for Adults

Many companies implement a tuition reimbursement program with the aim of helping their employees prepare for industry changes and to advance in their careers. But employers are right to wonder if the degrees programs that their employees enroll in will be effective. A key characteristic that employers should look for is whether the program is designed for adult learners in particular, because the difference can [...]

How to Design Education for Adults 2017-08-23T10:08:31+00:00

Register Now for the Voices for National Service’s Capitol Hill Day

Register now for Voices for National Service's Capitol Hill Day 2017 on Tuesday, September 12. As you know, Congress is debating the fiscal year 2018 budget and in September, the Senate will be working on the national service funding bill. Our Capitol Hill Day on September 12th provides the perfect opportunity to educate Congress on the impact national service members have in their home communities [...]

Register Now for the Voices for National Service’s Capitol Hill Day 2017-08-03T15:12:23+00:00

Maine Opens Nominations for Senior-Friendly Employer Awards

The Silver Collar Employer Award honors employers whose policies and practices match the needs of mature employees, capturing their skills and experience, strong work ethic, flexibility and enthusiasm. Do you know of a senior-friendly business? Is your business a great place for seniors to work? The State Workforce Board’s Older Worker Committee has opened nominations for 2017’s best employers for workers over the age of [...]

Maine Opens Nominations for Senior-Friendly Employer Awards 2017-08-03T14:31:07+00:00